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Paralyzed Kitten Takes First Steps


When 2-month-old Talleyrand arrived at the Humane Rescue Alliance, she was paralyzed with no deep pain or movement in her hind legs or tail. Our Animal Control Officer arrived on the scene to reports of her falling down a storm drain, her injuries left untreated for several days. X-rays confirmed she had a fracture of her L3 vertebra and shifting of her spinal column.

Shortly after arriving, Talleyrand started acupuncture treatment and has since regained feeling as well as movement in her hind feet and tail. Before treatment she wasn’t able to urinate or defecate on her own, with staff having to express her bladder. She can now get herself in and out of her litter box and is making amazing progress.

She’s also receiving electroacupuncture to help stimulate the nerves and to increase the effect from the acupuncture treatments.

Thanks to the care and determination from our medical team, Talleyrand took her first steps toward a life as a normal cat and is expected to be able to walk on her own again.


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